I'll make this brief. We had a great flight and are currently in Beijing. Yay for the new slot from IAD (Dulles) to Beijing -- non-stop! At 13.5 hours, it was long enough but we arrived ready to GO!....to bed.
Happy to find the weather here is just great -- high 80s/low 90s and a little less humidity than we've seen in DC.
Yesterday we toured the Summer Palace, saw the Marble Boat (which was supposed to last as long as the reign of the emporer who had it built...lesson to Bush -- the boat's still there but the ruler is long gone).
Last night, we took in an extra outing -- a martial arts/broadway-like kungfu performance that was billed as "More energetic than River Dance!" -- a quote from the Irish Ambassador to China. It was very impressive. Watching these young men smash stone bars over their heads reminded me of the long paper process we have gone through to get here.
Not sure how often we'll be posting here but rest assured, we are having a great time and look forward to Monday when we'll get our Gracie.
Love to all.